Summer has arrived, the days are long, I’m sweating, and reality television offers plenty of reasons to stay inside: almost 20 reality shows debut or return this week.
Let’s start with Gordon Ramsay, who ended his show Kitchen Nightmares four years ago but is now back with a show that sounds surprisingly similar: To Hell and Back (Fox, Wednesdays at 9), on which he tries to rescue restaurants in less than a day. I’ll have a review Wednesday.
Netflix’s successful and emotional reboot of Queer Eye is out with its second season on Friday.
Alone (History, Thursdays at 10) returns for its first all-star season, with returning participants trying to outlast each other in Mongolia. Look for my interview with its executive producer on Thursday morning
After a wonderful and surprising rerun last week, The Profit returns with regular episodes (CNBC, Tuesdays at 10).
A similar series, The Deed (CNBC, Wednesdays at 10) returns for a second season of real estate investor Sidney Torres helping those investing in property.
Bravo’s east coast real estate salespeople—Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant, and Steve Gold—are back on Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10).
Ozzy and Jack Osbourne are joined by Kelly Osbourne on this season of Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour (A&E, Wednesdays at 9), while the Walberg family and their business are back on screen with longer hour-long episodes of Wahlburgers (A&E, Wednesdays at 10).
Also back: Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel, Saturdays at 9), Mama June: From Not to Hot (WE tv, Fridays at 9), Speed is the New Black (Velocity, Wednesdays at 9), and Caribbean Pirate Treasure (Travel Channel, Wednesdays at 10).
New shows this week
True-crime enthusiasts have two new series to check out: The Price of Duty (Oxygen, Mondays at 8), on which detectives talk about cases that affected them, and Reasonable Doubt (ID, Wednesdays at 10), which focuses on convicted murderers who say they’re innocent.
Tangent: If you haven’t yet read Pamela Coloff’s two-part story about a murder conviction that happened because of blood splatter analysis, do yourself a favor and give it a read: part one and part two.
For lighter fare: Howie Mandel hosts a series that highlights videos from Instagram’s @AnimalsDoingThings, which is why the show is called Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things (NatGeo WILD, Saturdays at 9).
Some corporate synergy is at work with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, which highlights weddings and engagements held at Disney properties, and airs on a Disney property (Freeform, Mondays at 8).
Interviews with “some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, political leaders, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs” are the focus on a new series Breaking Big (PBS, Fridays at 8:30).